Planning Board Meeting - March 27, 2019

Meeting Date
Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, Tim Bickford, David Gifford




On March 23 Regular members Waine Whittier, Alan Williams, Creston Gaither, Ed Lawless, and Tim Bickford met with Dave Gifford at his Flying Pond property, depicted on 2019 tax map 10 as lot 131, to discuss his application for permits required for the construction of a house on the lot.


The Board’s regular meeting convened at the Town House on March 27 at 7:00 PM. Regular members present were Waine Whittier, Creston Gaither, and Ed Lawless. Dave Gifford was also present. Minutes of the February 27 meeting were read and accepted.


The aforesaid application was reviewed.  Proposed setbacks appear to be conforming. As the footprint is large, roof runoff is a concern. Dave said he would like to drain the water into downspouts and route it underground. He was advised that this may require a SSWD permit. It was agreed that the usual requirements for best practices for soil erosion should apply. Given that the existing Bradley Road has in effect been “discontinued” and now has the status of a driveway, it was agreed that only the new access road, which has been established as a legal right-of-way by written instruments of record, will count as a road from which required setbacks must be maintained. It was noted that Section 15.Q of the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance (SZO) requires a written erosion control plan to be submitted. It was agreed that this and a written plan for dealing with runoff should be submitted, hopefully before the Board’s next meeting.


It was noted that SZO Section 15.B.2  excepts antennas etc. from the 35-foot height restriction; it was agreed unanimously that the proposed chimney is one of the “similar structures” excepted from the height requirement in Sect. 15.B.2.


Tim briefly reported on a MMA training session he attended in Portland. He is unaware of anything the Vienna Planning Board is doing especially wrong.


The meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.


Creston Gaither, secretary

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